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hello, this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock in london. our top story: the summit of the century. donald trump and kimjong—un prepare to meet face—to—face for the first time. donald trump has just left his hotel to meet the singaporean prime minister. north korea says kim jong—un will discuss denuclearisation and a permanent and durable peace. other stories we're keeping across for you: with the world cup just three days away, we take a look at how the russian capital's readying itself for football fever. and global markets wakeup to fresh trade turmoil after president trump's g7 meltdown and europe and canada threaten counter—action against the us. a warm welcome to the programme,
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briefing you on all you need to know in global news and business. could the kim—trump meeting change the world or is itjust a pr stunt? who is likely to gain the most? you can be part of the conversation. tell us what you think, just use #bbcthebriefing. singapore is on alert, ready to give history a helping hand with its largest security deployment ever for the unprecedented meeting. these impersonators are as close as people here will get to the two leaders. vastly different in age and experience but similar to two,
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unpredictable and strong willed. singapore's foreign minister had a chance to form his own impressions. both are extremely confident. both hopeful. i think at an emotional level, both of them want something significant out of this summit. no one knows how far kimjong—un is willing to go to give up his nuclear weapons, but just being willing to go to give up his nuclear weapons, butjust being here is a win for weapons, butjust being here is a winfor him. weapons, butjust being here is a win for him. a chance to shed his international isolation. he brought his own armoured car and running bodyguards, but his people only found about this daring escapade after he had left. state television said he would talk about establishing a new relationship with the us, preparing north korean is for a possible significant change. the meeting will take place on a tourist island, near drive from where the two leaders are staying. the geography is all about privacy and security. officials say they will be starting talks with a one—on—one, a chance to take a measure of each other.
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visa uncharted waters and frankly very complex and contentious issues which almost certainly won't be solved in one big meeting, so we're seeing an attempt to manage expectations, even if the summit is a su ccess expectations, even if the summit is a success it will only be the beginning of a longer process. barbara plett—usher, bbc news, singapore. barbara plett—usher setting the scene on this enormous summit between the president of the united states and the leader of the career. sharanjit leyl states and the leader of the career. shara njit leyl is states and the leader of the career. sharanjit leyl is in singapore. tell us sharanjit leyl is in singapore. tell us about the excitement and the mood in the run—up to this historic summit. that's right, sally, it's incredibly exciting. it is an historic summit, the first time a sitting us president, any us president, is meeting with a north korean leader. incredibly exciting here. i'm singaporean, this is my
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city, and i can tell you something, nothing like this has ever happened here before, this is the biggest news we've had possibly since independence. everyone is looking at singapore, the spotlight here is on singapore. we've got some live shots ican singapore. we've got some live shots i can talk about. that's the motorcade going to the asta na, that's the motorcade going to the astana, the official residence of the singaporean president, the motorcade from the us delegation, from president trump, they are heading there to meet with the singaporean prime minister, lee hsien loong. this is, of course, talks ahead of those historic talks that we've been talking about which ta ke that we've been talking about which take place starting 9am local time tomorrow here in singapore. of course they have got a day to prepare for it and already we've been hearing various things, including from the likes of secretary of state mike pompeo, who tweeted a little earlier, saying that they will want permanent,
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verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation, and that is on the agenda, that is on the table in terms of talks tomorrow. of course, we are bringing you all those live events as they happen right here in singapore with myself, with a whole series of correspondents, including oui’ series of correspondents, including our asia business correspondent, karishma vaswani. a moment of reflection for us, we are both singaporeans with red passports, so this is incredible? it is, sharanjit, but at the same time i'm sure you've heard some of the complaints on the streets of singapore about us footing the bill of this event, $20 million, according to the prime minister, included in that's some, notjust the logistics and security but the cost of the north korean leader, kim e. cost of the north korean leader, kim e, and his hotel room. —— that sum. that was confirmed a few hours ago
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by the north korean foreign minister -- kim by the north korean foreign minister —— kimjong—un. by the north korean foreign minister —— kim jong—un. he by the north korean foreign minister —— kimjong—un. he met with the by the north korean foreign minister —— kim jong—un. he met with the two leaders when they arrived, kim jong—un and donald trump, and he was saying that both leaders appear supremely confident but that they also want something significant out of this summit. when i put to him the fact that both of them also have vastly different understandings of what denuclearisation means, have a listen to what he said. this question of the definition of denuclearisation clearly is in the air. and while i can't share all the details of our private discussions, what i would say is both of them have indicated quite clearly that this is the first meeting... that you don't resolve 70 years of suspicion, of war and, you don't resolve 70 years of suspicion, of warand, quite frankly, of previous diplomatic failures, in one meeting. so i think both of them are also signalling to
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all of us to manage our expectations. but, there again, on tuesday night, as i said, you've got to make completely unconventional leaders. they may be able to pull rabbits out of the hat. that the rest of us conventional diplomats would not have been able to do. now, we heard from the foreign minister there. he also talked to you about asian values. this is the chance for singapore to be on a global stage but of course it is north korea we're concerned about and there's a lot of asian neighbours, the likes of south korea, china and japan, they're all watching this incredibly closely? you're right, but what the foreign minister and singapore is trying to say in all of this is cold on, this isa say in all of this is cold on, this is a really important moment, the first time kim jong—un appears to wa nt to first time kim jong—un appears to want to have some sort of negotiation —— hold on. let's take him at his word but at the same time
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not trust him completely. the foreign minister spoke about the fa ct foreign minister spoke about the fact it was clear to him when he went to pyongyang last week on the imitation of the north koreans that this is a country that wants to get on with economic development, the people wantjobs, infrastructure. in fa ct, people wantjobs, infrastructure. in fact, in the new year speech that kim jong—un made earlier this year, he talked about the fact his military ability and capabilities we re military ability and capabilities were now completed and it was time to move on to the second phase of what's known as the economic development policy. at the same time a lot of questions about how sincere these intentions are and whether we should take kim jong—un at his word. let's ta ke should take kim jong—un at his word. let's take a look at some of these intentions, they are going to talks tomorrow, already we've heard from mike pompeo saying there will be a really challenging number of things on the table, including this need to have this permanent, there are pliable, irreversible need to
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denuclearise. they are going into this looking like it will be a big challenge? it looks like a big challenge. donald trump himself has said he will know in the first few seconds of meeting kim jong—un whether this is a serious dealmaker oi’ whether this is a serious dealmaker or not. what that actually means, nobody knows until donald trump walks into that room and faces chairman kim on the other side of the table, but from what the singaporean foreign minister told me earlier today, he certainly senses some sense of sincerity from both sides. visa to men who are very bellicose, very voluble, they are not shy about holding back on how they feel —— these are two men. they've made the decision to come to singapore. at one point, as we know, the meeting was almost called off only to be called back on again so there's a lot at stake for both donald trump and kim jong—un. there's a lot at stake for both donald trump and kimjong—un. it remains to be seen whether tomorrow we get any clear form of a commitment, or whether this is a
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meeting that's just the beginning of other meetings. karishma vaswani, our asia business correspondent keeping across that story. now we can go to our tokyo correspondent, rupert wingfield—hayes, who happens to be in singapore covering this huge historic talks. he is at the istana, the singapore president's official residence. there is where donald trump and his motorcade hasjust arrived to meet with the singapore prime minister, lee hsien loong. they are preparing to meet. what is it like over there? well, we have just it like over there? well, we havejust a it like over there? well, we have just a few minutes ago... we were standing on the street corner, the presidential office is up the hill behind me and we saw donald trump pass motorcade swing past us in all its glory and it's something to behold —— donald trump's. more impressive than kim jong—un's also very impressive
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motorcade, which we saw yesterday. donald trump has gone in for his one—on—one bilateral meeting with prime minister lee hsien loong. lee hsien loong of course is the host of this, so he's not an intermediary, but he is seeing donald trump, and last night, kim jong—un, but he is seeing donald trump, and last night, kimjong—un, before but he is seeing donald trump, and last night, kim jong—un, before the summit tomorrow. may be facilitating, maybe gauging the two leaders as they go into this as well. it is a courtesy more than anything else, the big event, as you we re anything else, the big event, as you were saying, is this rather extraordinary meeting. we understand donald trump and kim jong—un are going to sit down tomorrow morning on sentosa in a hotel for two hours of discussions, and we think it will be one—on—one with only translators in the room so a really extraordinary meeting the likes we have not seen before. as you say, rupert, an extraordinary meeting. donald trump has already said he will know in the first few seconds
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what he makes of chairman kim. it could go both ways. in terms of outcomes, what are people saying? well, we have the optimists and we have the sceptics. they're sort of equally divided. there are many, like karishma was saying to you before, they say that, look, this is a chance to undo a conflict that has lasted for six decades. it needs to be given a chance, there needs to be trust built. it's going to be a long process. this is just trust built. it's going to be a long process. this isjust the beginning. even donald trump and his advisers are now hinting at that as well, saying this is not going to be all donein saying this is not going to be all done in one day, this is the start ofa done in one day, this is the start of a long process. the sceptics, and there are many of them too, they say, hang on a sec, donald trump said this was an all or nothing, we're not coming to be drawn into a
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long process because that's how north korea has pulled us before but that's the process he now seems to be entering. the sceptics are saying this is going to be a big win for kimjong—un, he this is going to be a big win for kim jong—un, he has this is going to be a big win for kimjong—un, he has come here and he's getting all of this showcase for him on the international stage asa for him on the international stage as a statesman and leader of a nuclear power, meeting with the president of the united states, he's given nothing away and he's drawing america into a long, protracted process at the of which we don't know whether the north koreans will give up their nuclear weapons or not. rupert wingfield—hayes keeping across that story from outside the singaporean president's official residence, the ista na, singaporean president's official residence, the istana, he will be watching the story all day for us. as he said, these are historic talks and is it even possible to make peace with an authoritarian nuclear armed country? with me now is professorjohn delury, a historian of modern china and an expert on us—china relations and korean peninsula affairs from the yonsei university graduate school of international studies. welcome to singapore. thank you. as
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we said, as we've been talking about, they go into these talks with great challenges ahead, how do they even begin to discuss denuclearisation after that tweet we saw from mike pompeo, the secretary of state, saying they will want this permanent, irreversible, there are pliable denuclearisation, so huge challenges ahead ? pliable denuclearisation, so huge challenges ahead? the adjectives pile on —— verifiable. it becomes overwhelming because the idea of north korea developing these nuclear capabilities... as donald trump said, this is a mess he inherited that stretches back through republican and democratic presidents. part of the issue here, that we all need to do, is not fixate completely on denuclearisation. of course that's oui’ denuclearisation. of course that's our primary litmus test for can we trust kim jong—un and is our primary litmus test for can we trust kimjong—un and is he our primary litmus test for can we trust kim jong—un and is he serious? but it's important to stand in north
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korea's shoes, kim's choose, and understand what's in it for him because obviously he has no interest in denuclearisation —— kim's shoes. why has he come this far? you've been discussing elements in the a nswer been discussing elements in the answer but it has to do with kim wanting a different relationship with the us and he wants north korea to have a different relationship in the region. we have to tease out that possibility even as we work towards having him give up his nukes. john, while you were talking we we re nukes. john, while you were talking we were seeing nukes. john, while you were talking we were seeing some nukes. john, while you were talking we were seeing some of those live pictures of donald trump arriving at the istana. pictures of donald trump arriving at the ista na. we pictures of donald trump arriving at the istana. we will bring you those stories and the latest pictures and video. kim jong—un has stories and the latest pictures and video. kimjong—un has been seen clutching his south korean counterpart, moon jae—in, clutching his south korean counterpart, moonjae—in, versus what we all know of him, this autocrat, this dictatorial person who was essentially the person who
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killed his uncle, behind the death of his half brother, kimjong—nam just last year in kuala lumpur. we had to go down and cover that. how different is this perception of kim jong—un the statesman? it is and it isn't a discontinuity. i would say that if you have been looking carefully at kim jong—un in this domestic contest in this first excuse empowers, there were a lot of continuities. you mention hunting. one of us me straighten they kim jong—un — this father was very withdrawn. kim jong—un was out hunting people, laughing, lots of pictures of kim jong—un laughing with north koreans, crying with north koreans, is that there was a level of charisma, write? when we saw pictures of north koreans laughing with kim jong—un, saw pictures of north koreans laughing with kimjong—un, many thought it is a dictator, they are afraid he will shoot them. but now what we do receive because of mike
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pompeo laughing with kimjong—un? i think there is a level of gentlemen that we did not understand because we we re that we did not understand because we were not valuing him in this north korean context. now he is really sad into an international arena. this is a different kind of north korean leader that he was to be different for this country. thank you for coming out yetjohn delury onto this very hot rooftop. but it is an exciting day. thanks, sharanjit. we will get more from you shortly. first, let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. malta is continuing to refuse to accept a rescue vessel carrying more than 600 migrants, who have been picked up off libya's coast. the maltese authorities say the boat is italy's responsibility. but the new italian interior
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minister, matteo salvini, says he doesn't want the vessel to dock in italy. a prominent leader of hong kong's independence movement, edward leung, has beenjailed for six years for rioting during the lunar new year disturbances in 2016. mr leung was found guilty of the charge last month. two other defendants in the case were also meted jail terms of seven years and 3,500 years respectively. the violence erupted over a dispute over the clearance of food vendors. harry and meghan will make an official visit to australia, fiji, the kingdom of tonga and new zealand later this year. it will be the royal couple's first tour since they got married last month. the trip will coincide with the fourth invictus games, which take place in sydney in october. we're not forgetting the fallout from the g7 summit over the weekend in canada. president trump is continuing to strongly criticise america's allies. in a series of tweets, he's claimed european countries
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unfairly clobber the us on trade, while america protects them through nato at great financial loss. more on that in about 15 minutes. there was plenty still to come in the programme, including a lot on our website. to take a look at that. that's bbc.com/news or you can download the bbc news app. the day the british liberated the falklands, and by tonight, —— the day the british liberated the falklands, and by tonight, british troops had begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorby—mania at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who, for them, has raised great hopes for an end for the
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division of europe. michaeljackson was not guilty on all charges, the screams of the crowd testament to his popularity and their faith in his innocence. as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll get out there and kick 'em down the hill. what does it feel like to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it's pretty neat. feels marvellous, really. you're watching the briefing. our headline: donald trump is set to meet the singaporean prime minister on the eve of the historic us north korea summit. they will discuss the neutralisation and a permanent and durable peace. we are keeping your cross that stories that happens, but
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let us now focus on the world cup. ahead of the the world cup kicking off later this week, the finishing touches are being put on across moscow. lucy hockings reveals how the russian capital is getting ready for football's biggest event. when people think of russia, this is what they imagine. it is the most visited place in the country and ha rd visited place in the country and hard not to be impressed by the sheer scale and grandeur of the red square, saint andrews cathedral, and the imposing kremlin. they making the imposing kremlin. they making the far north preparations for a concert that will take place here. it will be madness notjust for fans and torres, but the locals were coming downjust to and torres, but the locals were coming down just to watch. dozens of people work in the kremlin, but one man holds all the power. those in the world cup has long been a in ——
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and ambition of the repute and. but whether the expands has been worth the soft power and influence it could gain him has yet to be seen. are you looking moscow, there is an orthodox church. but this one for some or: the cathedral of christ the saviour. it was consecrated less than 20 years ago. 10,000 people can worship here at any time. it may also look familiar because this is where pussy riot performed their protest song. gorky park is 1—of—a—kind. a kind. a lot by muscovites, and named after maxine gorky, it is a place where you watch people play and saw the flowers.
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moscow is an expensive city government that silly things are free here, from fencing to rollerblading to wi—fi. moscow is a com pletely rollerblading to wi—fi. moscow is a completely different city. ever comes out of their shell. last year, it was —20, and you would never have thought about coming to gorky park that cold, but now everybody is revelling in the sunshine. that is lucy hockings, who is in the russian capital for us as a gets ready for the world cup. the annual tony awards celebrating the best of broadway theatre have been taking place in new york and it's been a very successful night for british stars. amongst them glenda jackson who won best actress. british composer andrew lloyd webber received a special lifetime achievement award for his contribution to musical theatre, while harry potter and the cursed child won a clutch of awards including best play, best costumes and best design. another british export, angels in america, collected several trophies, including best actor for andrew garfield. let's get a final word
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from sharanjit in singapore. already it has been a busy day. just tell us more about how important this is to singapore. you are right. it has been a busy day at. we've been here for the past few hours live. it is very hot, which is something singapore is renowned for. this is my city. i will tell you through what you are seeing behind me. this is a glamorous skyline. we are very much in the spotlight over the next few days. so let us look at the next few days. so let us look at the skyline. the three towers behind
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me with an extra ordinary pool b top is the marina base stands, built in 2010. it has been their dominating the skyline for the last few years. —— marina bay sands. and this is the fulton county cap hotel. this started as a post office. —— fullerton hotel. we have a few things, the outsize museum, an extraordinary look at the glamorous skyline cult where these meetings are taking place tomorrow. business briefing is coming up next. i will see were just a few minutes time. stay with us on the reed thing. —— the briefing. after a prolonged dry spell of
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weather for many of us, there are some changes on the horizon. more on that in just some changes on the horizon. more on that injust a some changes on the horizon. more on that in just a moment. some changes on the horizon. more on that injust a moment. business some changes on the horizon. more on that in just a moment. business as usual to start the working week. monday lots of warm sunny spells with the risk of some heavy afternoon showers. england and wales see the best of the sunshine. northern ireland, too. the heaviest of the downpours are likely to develop over the pennines, there, perhaps into the wealth hills, damage south—west england. —— welsh hills. the temperatures down into the mid—20s celsius. into tuesday, pressure chart showers how register with us, but a bit more northerly wind across the eastern side of the country, which will be quite fresh. it will be noticeable and it will feel cool. generally across the border a slightly cooler air mass. with more cloud around, it will feel fresher across the board. the odd shower around with most places dry.
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if there are sunny spells, the british should get to about 20 degrees. those we see the change into wednesday. we look into the atla ntic into wednesday. we look into the atlantic in this area of low pressure which will gather force and had to watch our shores. —— towards our shores. before this era of low pressure rise, it will be another fine day for the bulk of the country. good sunny spells and a bit warmer as well. we lost that northerly wind. by the end of the day, the cuts will gather with outbreaks of rain and windy weather pushing into northern ireland and was in scotland. they will hurtle through on wednesday night. a spell of gale in fact, to parts of northern uk. you'll be wet at times a different spread across the country. a wet and windy start to thursday. the wind will die out as a guest to south—east. in the afternoon, behind it, it sunshine a
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blustery showers, some prolonged. a little bit cooler here. it could make 20 or 21 degrees across the south—east. the main message is on a change in the week ahead. it will start to dry and warm and then will turn with the wet and with the weather moving through. a little bit u nsettled weather moving through. a little bit unsettled for the foreseeable future. this is business briefing. i'm sally bundock. global markets wa keup to fresh trade turmoil global markets wake up to fresh trade turmoil after president trump's g7 meltdown. we get live reaction from new york and singapore and game on. the boss of xbox tells why its new games line—up is key to microsoft catching up with market leader sony. and on the markets... in asia they are trading right now
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and you can see they are higher, traders watching and waiting to see the fallout of the g sevens but in real terms. —— g7 spat.
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